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Michelle W.

Mission Viejo, CA

$50/hr

Patient Tutor- Specialties: Math, Science, and Learning Disabiliities

Background check passed as of 10/7/13
Usually responds in about 6 hours

Patient Tutor- Specialties: Math, Science, and Learning Disabiliities

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Hello, my name is Michelle, and I am a patient teacher who has been tutoring students of all ages for the past few years. I have tutored many students that have been identified with learning difficulties including ADHD/ADD and dyslexia. Prior to tutoring, I taught high school science for five years and middle school math and science for two years. I have a PhD in biology, a multiple subject teaching credential, and a bachelor's degree in microbiology.

I am an excellent math and science teacher, and have taught students to be successful in other subjects too. I also teach test prep skills and have experience with the CBEST and GED. The science classes that I have taught students to understand and succeed in are general science, Earth science, biology, microbiology, and elementary school science. I have also taught students to comprehend and succeed in general math, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, statistics, and algebra 2. I have also improved students' reading and writing skills. I have taught students grammar, reading comprehension, phonics, and writing. Perhaps the most important information I teach falls under the category of study skills, which I incorporate into every subject. I emphasize how and what to study, as well as test taking skills. I have experience tutoring people of all ages, from elementary school through high school and college graduates.

I usually do a brief initial assessment of the student's strengths and areas which need improvement. Next, I tailor my teaching methods to the students' needs. My goal is for students to understand and love what they are learning. Please read the testimonials on my profile as well. I look forward to hearing from you.

Testimonials

"Intuitive "

- Anna, Ladera Ranch, CA on 8/19/14

"Just What I Needed!! I passed the CBEST!! I couldn't have done it without Michelle's help."

- Patricia, Lake Forest, CA on 6/20/14

"Amazing Tutor "

- Liz, Mission Viejo, CA on 4/3/14

"Patient, Understanding, and Insightful to what my child needs"

- Christine, Mission Viejo, CA on 11/12/13
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Biostatistics,
Botany,
Genetics, Microbiology, Physical Science
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
CBEST,
GED, PSAT, SAT Reading, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ADD/ADHD

I am qualified to tutor students who have ADD/ADHD based on both my education and experience. I hold a valid multiple subject teaching credential. One class dealt specifically with teaching students with special needs, including those who have ADD or ADHD. Also, as a teacher I taught many students with ADD/ADHD and adapted my lesson plans to fit the needs of all students. Finally, I have tutored several students who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. When tutoring, I utilize strategies that help students with attention deficit disorder become successful in the classroom.

Biostatistics

I have taken two courses on statistics and have a doctorate in plant pathology. These courses were part of my undergraduate and PhD thesis. I used statistics both when writing my thesis and making graphs.

Botany

I have earned a doctorate in plant pathology. Plant pathology involves the interaction between plants and their pathogens. Thus, I needed to be proficient in botany in order to do research and write my thesis. I learned botany both from college classes, talking with others, and reading the literature.

CBEST

I am qualified to teach the CBEST because I have a multiple subject teaching credential. I have passed the CBEST and am familiar with the current version. I am very good at teaching both math and language arts. Also, I teach test taking strategies that are very important to standardized test taking.

Elementary (K-6th)

I received a multiple subject teaching credential. Also, I have tutored many elementary students in all subjects. My students always improve in either one or multiple subjects as a result of tutoring. I have already passed the reading, writing, elementary math, elementary science, and study skills tests by wyzant.

Grammar

I have written a thesis, and published in peer reviewed journals. Also, I earned a multiple subject credential.

Special Needs

In several of the classes for the multiple subject teaching credential I learned how to adapt lesson plans for students with students with special needs including those with learning disabilities and gifted students. Throughout my teaching and tutoring career I have effectively taught students with special needs.

Study Skills

I have been a tutor independently for the last two years and reinforce study skills with students. We go over test taking strategies such as underlining key words, and circling words such as "except" in the phrase "all of the words below are verbs except." I also stress using a planner and keeping an organized notebook. Another study tool I use with students is graphic organizers for prewrites. I teach students how to look for key terms when reading a history or science text and also how to answer questions at the end of the chapter. All of these tools help to make the student more successful in school. I also have earned a doctorate in plant pathology.

University of CA at Santa Barbara
Microbiology
University of CA Riverside
PhD
Cal State San Bernardino
Other

Education

University of CA at Santa Barbara (Microbiology)

University of CA Riverside (PhD)

Cal State San Bernardino (Other)

Intuitive — Michelle seems to zero in on the method a student is using to help identify which step or area they need assistance with. She's very patient, shows students different ways to approach math problems that might work best with their style. After only a few sessions, my son has already stated how much she has helped him to better understand approach math - Algebra I & II, fractions, etc. ...

— Anna, Ladera Ranch, CA on 8/19/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michelle will travel within 10 miles of Mission Viejo, CA 92692.


About Michelle

Hello, my name is Michelle, and I am a patient teacher who has been tutoring students of all ages for the past few years. I have tutored many students that have been identified with learning difficulties including ADHD/ADD and dyslexia. Prior to tutoring, I taught high school science for five years and middle school math and science for two years. I have a PhD in biology, a multiple subject teaching credential, and a bachelor's degree in microbiology.

I am an excellent math and science teacher, and have taught students to be successful in other subjects too. I also teach test prep skills and have experience with the CBEST and GED. The science classes that I have taught students to understand and succeed in are general science, Earth science, biology, microbiology, and elementary school science. I have also taught students to comprehend and succeed in general math, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, statistics, and algebra 2. I have also improved students' reading and writing skills. I have taught students grammar, reading comprehension, phonics, and writing. Perhaps the most important information I teach falls under the category of study skills, which I incorporate into every subject. I emphasize how and what to study, as well as test taking skills. I have experience tutoring people of all ages, from elementary school through high school and college graduates.

I usually do a brief initial assessment of the student's strengths and areas which need improvement. Next, I tailor my teaching methods to the students' needs. My goal is for students to understand and love what they are learning. Please read the testimonials on my profile as well. I look forward to hearing from you.

Testimonials

"Intuitive "

- Anna, Ladera Ranch, CA on 8/19/14

"Just What I Needed!! I passed the CBEST!! I couldn't have done it without Michelle's help."

- Patricia, Lake Forest, CA on 6/20/14

"Amazing Tutor "

- Liz, Mission Viejo, CA on 4/3/14

"Patient, Understanding, and Insightful to what my child needs"

- Christine, Mission Viejo, CA on 11/12/13
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Education

University of CA at Santa Barbara
Microbiology
University of CA Riverside
PhD
Cal State San Bernardino
Other

Education

University of CA at Santa Barbara (Microbiology)

University of CA Riverside (PhD)

Cal State San Bernardino (Other)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Michelle’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Biostatistics,
Botany,
Genetics, Microbiology, Physical Science
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
CBEST,
GED, PSAT, SAT Reading, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Michelle W.

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